When bloggers start out, they are seeking a world of knowledge and other bloggers to network with. Before you know it, you’ve added at least 50 blogs to your favorite RSS Reader! But how often do you check to see if those blogs are still valid?
When was the last time you cleaned your RSS Reader?
It hit me today as I was looking at two (2) of my favorite readers.
As I was trying to make sure I had the same blogs on Bloglovin’ as I do on my Old Reader.
Why do I use two?
Because I hate to not be able to access my reader, as happened a few days ago when Bloglovin’ went down.
When I want to access my favorite blogs, I want it now! 😉
How often do you check your RSS reader?
I am a huge Chrome user so I have extensions for Bloglovin’ and the Old Reader. It pops up a little number telling me I have 125 blogs to read. If I don’t get to it that day, it may double by the next time I open Chrome.
But for me, using a reader is so much better than subscribing via email.
Y’all may use this form and power to you!
I prefer to keep my email inbox as tidy as possible. Having 125 email notifications of new blogs posts is going to drive me insane!
And to think, a few of the blogs I follow, post more than once per day!
Holy Hannah y’all! Gift of Gab much?
If you prefer not to use an RSS reader to help you keep track of your fav blogs, are you using email subscriptions? Newsletters? What about Push Notifications? Lisa Sicard, of Inspire to Thrive, wrote a blog post not too long ago about Push Notifications and I jumped right on it! If you look down in the bottom right-hand corner of the page, you can be notified via a web browser when new content is published! This is a super easy way to subscribe.
However, be forewarned! If you don’t like pop ups, be very careful how many you subscribe to in this fashion.
So my fav and less clutter way of keeping up with my blogs are via RSS feed or my readers.
The Old Reader
I was introduced to The Old Reader way back when Google’s reader faded away. I remember what a traumatic time that was for so many bloggers. We scrambled to find new ways to follow our blogging buddies! The Old Reader was one that resembled Google’s in so many ways that I just kept it.
Let’s take a peek!
Of course, I’ve already cleaned it out minus one at the time I took this snapshot but you can see in the left-hand sidebar how it is set up.
Cleaning out your reader is very simple!
Highlight the blog, Click Unsubscribe!
But if you’re like me and you love all the features of Bloglovin, let’s check it out!
Bloglovin is easy to keep current with your favs!
If you look on the right-hand sidebar, you can see where I have my blogs grouped by niches and other pertinent goodies!
But how do you Unsubscribe? How do you keep your reader clean?
It’s very simple!
I decided to do this today and found many that I was following either are no longer valid blogs or have broken feeds.
To edit the blogs you follow or to Unsubscribe, Click the “Edit things you Follow” in the right-hand sidebar, directly under your name.
You will see something similar to the below.
To unfollow or unsubscribe, simply Click the Following button and you’re done!
That not only cleans up the blogs that are no longer valid but ones that you are no longer interested in.
As simple as it is to do, you could do it as the time changes! Or, at least quarterly.
Blogs are coming and going at a rapid pace so don’t get overwhelmed with your Reader!
There are other ways of following a blog but these are the most popular ones I know of.
So, let’s see how many of you clean house like you should?
When was the last time you cleaned your RSS Reader, Push Notifications, or Emails Subscriptions?
Is this something you religiously do?
We’d love to hear from you!